No car manufacturer can get around the fact that China is rapidly becoming an essential part of the global auto show circuit. Indeed, BMW has recognized that perhaps better than any foreign maker. It went there, several years ago, to reveal an advanced styling exercise, one of the very first major foreign products launched at a Chinese car show.
Now it is heading back for the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show which – unfortunately – coincides with the annual New York Auto Show. But China has won, it seems, a reflection of the reality that the Asian nation is now the world’s largest national car market. So the all-new version of the BMW 6-Series Coupe will make its big debut in Shanghai.
The third-generation 6-Series Coupe is the fraternal twin brother of the BMW 6-er Convertible that debuted in Detroit last January, and which will arrive on the North American market in May, just in time for open air season.
Just like the Convertible, the Coupe has jumped in size compared to the predecessor that debuted in 2004. It grows 2.9 inches in length and 1.5 inches in width, while the wheelbase increases nearly 3 inches, to 112.6 inches.